The BIG IDEA:
The Holy Spirit gives us power as believers in Jesus Christ when we confess our sins and ask Him to fill us.
We don’t allow the Holy Spirit to give us his power because of ignorance or intentional sin.
Learn who the Holy Spirit is and how we can be filled and controlled by him through Spiritual Breathing.
The Holy Spirit is a little like a super power. It doesn’t allow us to fly or shoot lasers out of our eyes, but it does empower us to do things that we would not be able to under our own power. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we will better understand God’s Word, be able to love people selflessly, share Christ with real power, and live a confident, Christ-centered life. It’s better than being bitten by a radioactive spider!
What I want the group to know and understand: Who the Holy Spirit is and how he can change our lives.
What I want the group to experience : How to be filled with the Holy Spirit instead of living the Christian life by our own power.
How I want the group to respond: Begin a regular habit of Spiritual Breathing.
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If you could have any super-power, what would it be? What would happen if you thought you had a super-power but didn’t?
Jenna did it again. For years she’s had a problem with gossiping about her friends when they’re not around, but she just can’t stop! It just felt good to be the person that knows things no one else does. Yesterday she found out that her friend Alli was pregnant, and she promised not to tell anyone. This time, she thought, she would keep the secret. But within 24 hours she was talking with two other friends when Alli walked by. They asked why Alli looked so upset, and Jenna just couldn’t help it. She told them the secret and then felt terrible. Why can’t she stop herself from doing this? She has no self-control! Will she ever be able to change?
What should Jenna do?
1. Read Galatians 5:16. How would this verse have helped Jenna?
It would have helped Jenna depend on God’s Spirit and not carry out her desire to gossip.
2. Read 1 Corinthians 2:11. Who is the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is God. There is one God in three persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit, who lives in you after you put your faith in Christ. The Holy Spirit is 100% God and lives in you to help you understand the Bible and to give you power to live the Christian life (kind of like a super power). As you trust the Holy Spirit and let him control you, he will begin to change your life.
3. According to Galatians 5:16, what is our role in seeing change in our lives?
O Try Harder
O Trust the Holy Spirit
O Pray and hope for the best
Trust the Holy Spirit.
4. Read Galatians 5:22-26. Which of these fruit of the Spirit have you seen growing in your life? Which do you wish you had more of?
Allow the group to discuss.
5.Why doesn’t trying harder help you have more of the fruit of the Spirit?
Allow the group to discuss. The fruit of the Spirit is supernatural, so we need his Spirit to produce it. We can’t produce this fruit in our own power.
6. From verse 25, what does it mean to “live by the Spirit” and “keep in step with the Spirit”?
It means to depend on the Spirit as a way of life and follow his leadership in the details of everyday life.
7. Read Ephesians 5:18. What role does God want his Spirit to play in our lives based on this verse?
He wants his Spirit to fill us. The Bible uses the term “filled with the Spirit” to describe people who are trusting the Holy Spirit to live through them (Ephesians 5:18). This passage reminds us that being filled with God’s Spirit is His will for us.
Read Together: Sometimes things happen that keep us from being filled up with this power. At times we ignore God, do things that are not pleasing to him, or just forget to include him in our everyday lives. These things are called sin in the Bible, and we deal with them by agreeing with God that they are wrong and asking to be filled with His Spirit again.
8. So what do we do if we’ve sinned? How does 1 John 1:8-9 answer this question?
We should acknowledge and confess our sin to God, trusting him to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
SPIRITUAL BREATHING is a way to visualize how to be filled with the Spirit. Just like you continually breathe physically, you can breathe spiritually too.
- You EXHALE by confessing your sin the moment you become aware of it and thanking God for forgiving it.
- You INHALE by calling on God and trusting him to fill you and give you his power (super-power) to live the Christian life.
9. How would Spiritual Breathing help Jenna in the story above? How would it help you?
Allow the group to discuss.
10. What might keep you from Spiritual Breathing on a regular basis?
Allow the group to discuss.
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